Senate says Nigeria’s security infrastructure has collapsed


The Senate said it is worried over the growing threats of security in the country, resulting in the mindless killing of people nationwide.

The Senate in a two-hour debate over the mass killing of people in Numan Local government area of Adamawa State, resolved that the state of insecurity is getting out of hand, and must be tackled immediately.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, speaking at the plenary, believes that the country’s security infrastructure has collapsed, with armed gangs springing up all over the country, and people carrying arms in public without being checked.

Saraki said there is the urgent need to redefine the country’s security infrastructure, to stop the indiscriminate killing of people, adding that the issue of state police might be revisited.

Saraki said, “Clearly, all the messages that are coming is that there is definitely a collapse of what is either called security infrastructure or national security, with this level of impunity. The impunity being that people all over now illegally carry arms around the whole place. The fact that in the past, many committees had been set up to look at the reformation of the police but as of today, no action has been taken.

“Issues were raised on whether there is the need for what is called state police or community police but the big point is that it is for us to redesign the structure and based on that decide on what the solution is, not the solution before the design.

“Of course, the issue of funding of our security agencies is there too. And we have shown here many times how committed we are and our national approach to major government issues. We must be able to define exactly what we want to do in taking this problem head-on.”

Senators after an intensive debate, resolve to set up an ad hoc committee to meet with the security agencies and the state governors, to review the security infrastructure.


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